It will be difficult in a brief blog to convey all of the many achievements at our 2013 NMI Convention and District Assembly. On Friday, April 26th, a capacity crowd at our Palm City New Hope Fellowship witnessed a live presentation to Pastor Paul and Anne-Cesse Zamor, from Gros-Morne, Haiti, of a 2006 like-new Toyota extended cab truck for their use in pastoral and district work. This completed a two-year response to the 2010 Haitian Earthquake. SFD Nazarenes in partnership with NCM gave nearly $300,000 to finish the church; re-roof the school; build pews to seat 2,000; install a computer lab; provide 1,200 pairs of new shoes; sponsor at least 200 students; and build 119 desks. The school was renamed Hope 112. A license plate on the new truck read Hope 112.
At the missions rally the superintendent also challenged SFD Nazarenes to give $20,000 to get us to 90% payment of our World Evangelism Fund. For some this may not appear to be an accomplishment, but on a district with a per capita giving of $569 per member, it was an overwhelming victory. Dennis Moore and the DS took a victory lap around the sanctuary to celebrate the achievement.
Seven ordinands were ordained and Angelo Trunzo was recognized by Dr. Jesse Middendorf to become the class of 2013: Angelo (Marie) Trunzo, Mick (Christi) Orr, Carlos (Nelly) Paramo, Javier (Perla) Rivera, Becky (Van) Garner, Steve (Brianne) Morris, Calixto (Ruth) Hernandez and Daniel (Billy Jo) Goings. Congratulations to the Class of 2013.
As significant as these highlights were, the crowning achievement may very well have been the presentation of Harvest 20/20: 20 new English speaking, 20 new Spanish speaking, and 20 new Creole speaking churches or CMCs by the year 2020! A bold initiative way beyond our resources, but just the kind of dream that requires Gods intervention. To reach this Harvest Initiative we must average 7.5 per year for the next seven years. Well, I am happy to report that Harvest 2013 will give us nine: Fort Pierce Faith Haitian, North Miami Faith Family Chapel, Golden Gate Hispanic, West Palm Beach Haitian, Davie Community, Deerfield Beach Haitian, Lake Worth Reach Out Community Center and Sebring House of Hope. A Harvest Strategy Team led by the DS will mobilize prayer and support for these efforts.
The generosity of Southern Florida Nazarenes spilled over in generous love offerings for both Kaye and I after my report, and to Dr. Jesse Middendorf, completing his final assembly with us as our Jurisdictional General Superintendent. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. The 2013 gathering of SFD Nazarenes ended with pastors reporting in an interview style that everyone seemed to enjoy.
David F. Nixon, D.Min.
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